Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology

Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology Author Angela Willey
ISBN-10 0822361590
ISBN-13 9780822361596
Year 2016-05-13
Pages 216
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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In Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U S science and culture propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy Willey demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences social sciences and humanities The book examines colonial sexual science monogamous voles polyamory and the work of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies

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